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Thanksgiving Week Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on November 15, 2017

Special Thursday Tasting:
In preparation for Thanksgiving we will celebrate the arrival of this year’s  Beaujolais Nouveau!
On Friday will we have open 4 delicious wines: An Argentinian red blend, a Tannat red grape from France and a Bordeaux vintage 2006 Medoc red blend + a Pecorino white grape from Italy!


On Saturday we continue with the local, made in Brooklyn spirit tasting.

Made right here in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Kings County will show us their Bourbon and the Spiced Whiskey!

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below full tastings description:

Thursday:

Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrivé! Beaujolais Day!
We will have our Annual Beaujolais Nouveau tasting on the day of its release.
 
BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU 2017
ANTONIN RODET

The Beaujolais region of France is home to the Gamay grape, and is renowned for several wines produced from this hand-harvested fruit, fermented by carbonic maceration and bottled just six to eight weeks after harvest (as opposed to the months or years some wines are given).

Characteristics:

Made according to the traditional Beaujolais winemaking method. This includes macerating the whole bunches of grapes for a short period, from 5 to 7 days, to get just the right balance of colour, aromas and tannins in the selected cuvees. The vats are temperature controlled in order to extract as much fruit as possible.


Tasting Notes:

Colour: Intense ruby red with purple glints.


Nose:
Powerful aromas of red berries: red currant, raspberry and cherry give the first nose tremendous appeal.

Palate: Delectable, very elegant and full-bodied on the palate with a soft, velvety finish and good length.

 
 
Friday:

Tenuta i Fauri, Pecorino Colline Teatine (2016)

Geography: Abruzzo, Italy
Appellation: Colline Teatine
Features: Gluten-free

AREA UNDER VINES
35 hectares
TERROIR
Calcareous clay soil
GRAPE VARIETIES
100% Pecorino
VINFICATION :
After harvest the wine undergoes a static decanting of the must followed by a soft pressing. The fermentation is carried out in temperature controlled stainless steel vats with limited aging as the wine is best enjoyed young.
TASTING NOTES:
The golden hues of the wine draw one in to the bright aromas of exotic fruits. The palate expresses strong notes of apple, honey and a hint of mint.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS:
A great companion to cheeses, white meat, and grilled or fried fish.

Award Recipient of the Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri 2016

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Bodega DiamAndes, Perlita Malbec-Syrah (2016)

Grapes: Malbec and Syrah
Geography: Mendoza, Argentina

In 2005, the Bonnie family, owner of the renowned Château Malartic-Lagravière (Grand Cru Classé de Graves) and of the Château Gazin Rocquencourt (Pessac-Léognan), decided to leave France in search for new horizons in the world of wine. It all began with the acquisition, along with their partners, of a single 130-hectares (321 acres) block of land in the heart of the Uco Valley, to the south of the city of Mendoza. That is where Bodega DiamAndes was born, as a member of the prestigious Clos de los Siete group. The winery’s architectural design blends harmoniously into the stunning Andean scenery. In this context, the winemaking process has taken place under exceptional conditions since the 2007 vintage.

APPELLATION
Valle de Uco, Mendoza
AREA UNDER VINES
130 hectares
TERROIR
Clay and sand with a large quantity of pebbles in the foothills of the Andes. Altitude of 1,100m.
GRAPE VARIETIES
80% Malbec
20% Syrah
VINFICATION :
Manual harvest, with cooling in a cold room and hand sorting. No crushing, Global concept gravity, 64 small temperature-controlled stainless steel vats (isolated with a double jacket). Aged 10 months in 100% French oak barrels.
TASTING NOTES:
The characteristics of the Argentinean Malbec combined with the smoothness of the Syrah produce a very pleasant, full bodied, rich wine. The palate develops ripe fruit and soft but intense tannins. Silky and smooth with a pleasant finish.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS:
This wine will match particularly well with charcuterie and roasted red or white meat.

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Vignobles Laplace, Les 2 vaches rouges (2016)

Geography: France
Appellation: Vin de France
Features: Gluten-free

AREA UNDER VINES
58 hectares
TERROIR
Located in the Piémont Pyrénéen
GRAPE VARIETIES
100% Tannat
VINIFICATION :
Aged in stainless steel tanks for 6 months
TASTING NOTES :
Red fruits on the nose with notes of white-fleshed fruits. The wine is rond, fresh and smooth on the mouth.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS :
Can be paired with different kinds of foods : meat, duck, cheeses and chocolat desserts.

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Château Potensac, Chapelle de Potensac (2006)

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc
Geography: Bordeaux, France
Appellation: Médoc

Chapel Potensac is the second wine of Château Potensac . It was created in 2002 under the leadership of Jean -Hubert Delon, owner. This elegant wine is made ​​from vines that line the heart of the area and occupy a land of small gravel and clayey sands .

AREA UNDER VINES
84 hectares
TERROIR
a limestone subsoil covered with clay and gravel outcrops containing a high proportion of gravel (“graves”). Vines are 38 years in average and some plots with more than 80 years. Planted with 7,700 plants/ha.
GRAPE VARIETIES
46% Merlot
35% Cabernet Sauvignon
16% Cabernet Franc
2% Carménère
1% Petit Verdot
VINIFICATION:
Made with a traditional method of vinification. Harvest are made 100% hand made and then practiced on a sorting table by qualified people. The wine is aged during 12 months in oak barrels without racking to limit any violent oxidation and preserve the freshness of aromas.
TASTING NOTES :
Tasting notes Adorned with an elegant purple dress, this wine of the Medoc offers a nose of fresh fruit dominated by intense notes of blackberries and by blackcurrant. Soft and silky to the mouth, this vineyard shows itself powerful and harmonious.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS :
Red and white meats, game, to fish in red wine sauce and most cheeses

Saturday:

Kings County Distillery from Navy Yard, Brooklyn

Kings County Distillery is New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery, the first since prohibition. Founded in 2010, Kings County makes handmade moonshine, bourbon, and other whiskeys out of the 117-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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Winter Spice Whiskey

For this year’s fall seasonal release, we created an infusion of baking spices associated with mulled cider, hot toddies, and winter holidays. Using cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, allspice, black peppercorns, clove, and star anise, this whiskey is a bold but balanced answer to some of the cinnamon-flavored offerings from bigger distilleries that aim for a broader audience. Perfect for cocktails that like a spicy cinnamon kick, this whiskey is designed for crisp, cool weather.

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Kings County Distillery, Bourbon Whiskey

Raw materials: Corn and Barley

Their bourbon is 80% corn, 20% barley and is aged for 1.5-2 years in 5-gallon barrels. Smooth, spicy, and complex, this award-winning bourbon is a precocious whiskey, surprisingly robust for its age.

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Weekend Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on November 10, 2017

It’s November, it’s getting cool, on season for red wine and Whiskey…

We will have open 3 reds on Friday, from Spain, France and California, also a White Godello grape from Spain.

On Saturday, we will present Standard Wormwood Rye, directly from Bushwick Brooklyn!

Tasting Time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below full information:

Friday

Viña Eguia, Rioja Reserva (2013)

Grape: Tempranillo
Geography: Rioja, Spain
Appellation: Rioja

The Vina Eguia winery and vineyards were established in 1973 in Elciego and purchased by Bodegas Muriel in 2010. Elciego is a historic village in the Rioja Alavesa, which borders the Spanish “Basque” region, and the language spoken there often includes Basque words, such as “Eguia” which means “truth.” The brand is symbolized by an open hand over the label, which is in the shape of an open book – analogous to putting one’s hand on a bible to swear to the truth of what one is saying.

Notes
The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months’ ageing in French and American oak and 2 years’ cellarage before release. Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile. Match with a mature steak, or with a board of chorizo and manchego cheese.
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Marietta Cellars, Old Vine Red Lot 66 (NV)

Grapes: Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Carignan
Geography: California, United States

Marietta Cellars, located just outside of Geyserville in Sonoma County, was founded by Chris Bilbro in 1978. In recent years Chris’s sons, Jake and Scot, representing the second generation, have taken over most of the responsibilities. Marietta Cellars wines are consistent, concentrated, complex and, most importantly, pleasurable.

The NV Old Vine Red Lot 66 is a multi-vintage red blend from a combination of four vintages: 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. A blend of predominately Zinfandel with some Syrah, Petite Sirah and Carignane plus a small amount of Italian varieties. 60% was barrel aged and 40% was aged in tank. Deep garnet-purple colored, it has quite a meaty / gamey nose over a core of warm blackberries, roses, tar and bacon fat plus suggestions of black pepper and anise. Medium-bodied with a good concentration of fruit supported by rounded tannins and lively backbone, it finishes long and earthy. Great value!”

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Château du Trignon, Vacqueyras (2011)

Grapes: Grenache and Syrah
Geography: Rhône Valley, France
Appellation: Vacqueyras

Chateau du Trignon was bought by the Quiot family in 2006. Winemakers since 1748, the family own other properties including Domaine du Vieux Lazaret in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Domaine Houchart in Cotes de Provence. The family actively participates in all aspects of winemaking and has significantly improved overall quality. The estate vineyards are located in Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Rasteau, Sablet and Beaumes de Venise. In 2008, the Quiot family added an additional 24 acres of vines in Vacqueyras and four acres in Beaumes de Venise, increasing their total holdings to 150 acres.

Hand-picked Grenache and Syrah from 50+ year old vines planted on soil consisting of pebbles, sand and silt. Cold maceration, followed by fermented in stainless steel. Aged for 12 months in tank and French oak barrels (10%).

Notes

Deep ruby. Cherry, dark berries and lavender on the fragrant nose. Fleshy and concentrated yet lively, offering silky blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of white pepper. Finishes juicy and smooth, with supple tannins and very good spicy persistence.

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Bodegas Avancia, Valdeorras Cuvée de O Godello (2015)

 
Grape: Godello
Geography: Galicia, Spain
Appellation: Valdeorras

A project of Bodegas Godeval and Jorge Ordonez, Bodegas Avancia is located in the mountains next to El Barco de Valdeorras, in the province of Galicia in northwest Spain. The 35 year-old Godello vineyards are located on mountain slopes in terraces at 1,350-1,650 ft. The soil is composed of metamorphic slate and quartz. Strong Atlantic climatic influences support Godello and help give it natural acidity and structure.

The winemaker, Nacho Alvarez, creates Avancia Cuvee de O from the native Godello grape. The
grapes are hand harvested into small baskets to prevent bruising. 25% of the wine is barrel fermented, the rest is
stainless steel fermented. The wine is aged sur lie for 6 months.

The 2015 is a beauty – with notes of honeysuckle, delicate flowers, crisp, honeyed citrus such as lemons, impressive minerality, a medium body and long finish.
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Saturday:

Standard Wormwood Distillery, Wormwood Rye

The distillery is founded on experimenting with wormwood spirits. Early on in their trials, wormwood was an illusive banned ingredient, best known for its use in traditional absinthe. On their first distillation they fell in love with more than the myth though, the subtle lucid wakeful feel was unlike any other spirit. Unknown to their at the time, spirits with wormwood were nearing the end of a century old ban.

Only making small batches, hand-made still and using a grain-in-column distilling technique makes for a completely crafted method that they use to this day at distillery in north Brooklyn on the border of Bed-Stuy and Bushwick, a short walk from where they started experiments in the mid 2000s. The grain come from upstate farms where they grew up around, the same region where they source all local organic NY grains from and grow their own wormwood. It makes the spirits smooth at 90 proof with distinct layers and complexity that continue long into the finish of every sip. This is the standard distillery – pushing the boundaries of classic liquors by redefining and reinventing the craft of what wormwood spirits can be.

 Notes of rye spiciness and smoky oak- no water and no sugar is needed, and no anise or licorice is used. Crafted over a decade, bottling the feel of absinthe and the heart of rye. The wormwood spirit is a complex and perfect go-to drink that redefines what wormwood spirits can be. Substitutes uniquely for classic whiskey cocktails because of the grain and oak aging.

 

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Spooky Halloween Weekend Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on October 26, 2017

Trick or Treat!
Stock up for your Halloween Parties this weekend!  Start celebrating with us….
We will have open 4 wines on Friday, 3 reds from Chile and 2 from Italy as well as a Chenin Blanc grape/white from South Africa!
On Saturday we will taste the NYC newest whiskey!
Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
See below full information:
FRIDAY:

Cantina San Biagio Vecchio, ‘PorcaLoca!’ Sangiovese (2014)

Grape: Sangiovese
Geography: Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Appellation: Ravenna
Features: Organic, Vegan

100% Sangiovese from the hill facing the Oriolo Tower near the Adriatic Sea. Vineyards face Southeast and lie on calcareous clay soils.
10 day of skin contact maceration; fermentation with indigenous yeast. Malolactic fermentation is done naturally. No filtration.
Aging: 23 months in Stainless steel
Bottles Produced: 1000

Tannin almost imperceptible to a Sangiovese with a rosey soul. It’s a thin wine, a fruit blast and a pleasant drink.
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Viña Maquis, Valle del Colchagua Cabernet Franc (2012)

Grape: Cabernet Franc
Geography: Central Valley, Chile
Appellation: Valle del Colchagua

Carmenère and Cabernet Franc are two challenging grapes to grow, says chief wine maker Rodrigo Romero at Viña Maquis. “You have to pay very close attention both in the vineyard and in the cellar.” When the result is good, the wines are stunning. This is exactly what happens at Viña Maquis.
Viña Maquis is situated in Colchagua, a high quality wine region around 200 kilometres south of Santiago de Chile. This is not exactly a cool climate region. But Viña Maquis is surrounded by two rivers. “These rivers”, says marketing director Ignacio Godoy, “temperate the climate and give us a cooler temperature than most vineyards in Colchagua would have.” Also the clayey soil here at Viña Maquis is different from most of their neighbours. All this is part of the secret of how to succeed with a Cabernet Franc.

Notes
Floral, aromatic, refreshing and elegant. Easy-drinking but well-structured with nice acidity och long finish. A superb Cabernet Franc.

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Poggio Anima, Salento Primitivo Lilith (2015)


Grape: Primitivo
Geography: Puglia, Italy
Appellation: Salento

Calling its creations “weeknight wines” belies the pedigree, power and panache behind Poggio Anima. A joint venture between Montalcino superstar Riccardo Campinoti of Le Ragnaie and Ronnie Sanders of Vine Street Imports, Poggio Anima takes a simple idea and turns it into something quite special: They source the best vineyards from existing relationships and produce single-varietal wines that beautifully express their unique regions and grapes.

Poggia Anima translates to “Hill of Soul,” and the winemakers embrace the soul of their wines, creating them with no manipulation, water, sugar, or the like. These are pure, authentic expressions of the fruit and the site, offering outstanding Italian wines at affordable prices. This balance of quality and value reflects the founders’ embrace of Yin Yang — balance in all things. Even their whimsical labels, which depict good and evil (demons and angels), represent the coming together of modern ideas with Old World winemaking practices. Poggio Anima offers soulful, delicious wines at excellent price points — any day of the week.

Primitivo refuses to be submissive to the oenology that it is the same grape as its close relative Zinfandel. Many subscribe to this idea, though they are both mutations of Crljenak, a Croatian varietal. Primitivo always brings plenty of flesh and ripeness to the table with a solid spine of certainty and structure.

The vineyard is located in Nova Siri, in the province of Matera. Here the warm southern Italian sun rises on the Ionian coast of Basilicata. The fermentation is carry out with natural native yeasts present in the vineyard, the crushed grapes undergo a cold soak for a few days and the cap is managed by punching down. After the primary fermentation, the wine undergoes an extended maceration of 3 weeks, after which it is racked into a stainless tanks where the malolactic fermentation occurs followed by aging for 8 months.

A dark, juicy, fruit-forward red, delivering layers of jammy plum and wild berry notes propped against medium tannins and a tangy, herb-tinged finish.

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Storm Point, Chenin Blanc Western Cape (2016)

Grape: Chenin Blanc
Geography: Western Cape, South Africa

A joint project between Mick Craven and Ronnie Sanders of Vine Stree Wines. This is delightfully fresh. Savory and herbal aromas lead to subtle stone fruit and delicate citrus blossoms with lemon zest. This is textbook Chenin Blanc with a mineral driven texture and lemon balm scented white peaches extending on the palate. This shows sensational freshness with beautifully poised acidity framing the precision.
Region: Western Cape
Varietal: 100% Chenin Blanc
Vineyard: Two sites in Swartland
Vine Age: 15-30 year old vines
Soil Type: Malmesbury Shale
Oak: None – Stainless Steel
Very bright, with green almond, Key lime and yellow apple notes streaking through, supported by a floral-edged spine. Ends with a thread of quinine. Drink now through 2019. 1,000 cases made.

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SATURDAY:

Sunshine Reserve, Sunshine Reserve

Sunshine Reserve has been specifically crafted to be a hybrid between a Bourbon and a Single Pot Still Irish Whisky in terms of flavor. As a result, it has the dominant caramel and vanilla flavors of a Bourbon, but instead of having Bourbon’s heavier oak and smoke flavor, it has the soft smoothness and light fruit notes of an Irish Whisky.

Key Features:

– Aged primarily with toasted oak instead of the more traditional charred oak. This gives it lighter, brighter vanilla flavors like marzipan or creme-brule and reduces the heavy oak and smoke flavors typical of Bourbons.

– Aged at a lower proof than almost any other American Whiskey on the market (around 110 proof), which gives it a softer, sweeter flavor that has less spice and dark wood to it than other Whiskeys that are aged at a higher proof.

– Hand crafted in upstate New York using grains sourced through partnerships with small local farms.

– Unique, four grain recipe is primarily based on Oats, which give the Whiskey its signature floral softness. The remaining 3 grains, Rye, Spelt, and Malted Barley, provide the Whiskey with mild cinnamon spice and maltiness that balance the Oats perfectly and create its wonderful complexity.

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California and Bordeaux + Local Spirit Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on October 19, 2017

Weekend Tasting:

In support of California we will have a Pinot noir and a white blend from that region for our Friday wine tasting.
We will also taste two Bordeaux wines from the right bank, a Saint-Emilion and from the left bank a Haut Medoc red blend!
Don’t forget abut our local spirit tasting on Saturday! It will happen every Saturday until the end of the year.
This week we will have open the Black Dirt Bourbon and a seasonal pumpkin cider.
Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00om
See below full tastings information:

Friday:

Californians

Fess Parker, Santa Barbara County Marcella’s White (2015)

Grapes: Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Grenache Blanc
Geography: California, United States
Features: Sustainable

For those of you old enough to remember, yes, it’s that Fess Parker, the actor who made an eminently successful career portraying two iconic American figures, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. Parker left Hollywood in 1989 for the Santa Ynez Valley, where he bought a ranch of more than 700 acre in the Foxen Canyon, just north of Los Olivos. The initial planting of five acres has since grown to more than 300 acres planted in two separate estate vineyards. In addition to the wines and vines, Parke also took a major stake in the region’s hospitality industry, with an inn/spa/restaurant in downtown Los Olivos and two beachfront hotels in Santa Barbara. Parker died in 2010, but all the Fess Parker ventures continue to thrive under the deft management of his son Eli and daughter Ashley Parker-Snider. Named after Eli and Ashley’s mother, Marcella’s White is a white Rhone blend (Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc) that’s quintessential Santa Barbara with bright, fresh acidity backing generous peach and apricot fruit flavors and enticing spice and mineral notes for complexity.

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Contour, Napa County Pinot Noir (2016)

Grape: Pinot Noir
Geography: California, United States

The carefully selected range of vineyards stretch along the Pacific coastline, defined by picturesque terraces; each is uniquely characterized by rolling hillsides with definitive contours, inspiring their wine’s name.

Known for producing stellar Pinot Noirs, the 3 vineyard sites maintain a cooling maritime influence, balanced with optimal sun exposure and distinct regional soil conditions. This harmonious balance yields ideal growing conditions for the delicate clusters of Pinot Noir.

Note

Mendocino and San Luis Obispo fruit erupted with bright cherry and raspberry flavor, while fog-shrouded Monterey contributed outstanding complexity.

The 2016 vintage exudes both power and grace with round flavors of blueberry, plum and a touch of deft spice.

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The Bordeauxs:

Château Haut La Grenière, Lussac Saint-Émilion (2012)

Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon
Geography: Bordeaux, France
Appellation: Lussac Saint-Émilion

The origin of the vineyard goes back from XVII century. In the 1868 edition of “Bordeaux et ses vins” (ed. Feret et fils), the vineyard was already quoted among the most famous wines produced in Lussac. In those days, the monks of the abbey, closed, sourced in this place. Representing the fourth generation of Dubreuil family, Jean Pierre leads the vineyard, large of 15 hectares, with passion and like the worthy heir he is of his ancester’s.

The typical characteristics of the soil, the principled tillage of the vines, the harvest made at optimal maturity, the traditional winemaking completed with high follow-up made by an enologist, allow to develop a range of remarkable wines, with sharpness and distinction.

Ageing Potential: 7-10 Years

Tasting Note:
Aromas of cassis, blackberry and blackcurrant, this is a full-bodied wine with excellent structure and length.

Food Matches: Red Meat / Venison / Soft Cheese / Venison

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Château Corconnac, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois (2011)

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
Geography: Bordeaux, France
Appellation: Haut-Médoc

A family property, Château Corconnac is located in Saint-Laurent-Médoc, a stone’s throw away from Saint-Julien-Beychevelle. For twenty years the team has been producing an Haut-Médoc on 21 acres of clay-limestone soils, where 40 year-old Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines capture the essence of this terroir and express it in the final wine as an elegant balance between good tannic structure and a velvety smooth mouthfeel.

Aroma
The wine has a pronounced berry aroma with hints of ripe plum, black currant, against the background of spicy notes of pepper, cedar, tobacco and smoke.

Taste
The wine is very elegant, well-balanced taste, with notes of juicy cherries, sweet caramel, soft tannins and rich texture. The finish is long, fruity.

Gastronomy
The wine will go well with stews, roasted or grilled meats, cheeses.

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Saturday:

Local Spirit Tasting

Black Dirt Distillery, Single Barrel Bourbon

Category: Spirit — Whiskey — Bourbon
Geography: New York, United States
BLACK DIRT takes its name from the dark, fertile soil left by an ancient glacial lake that once covered Thousands of acres of upstate New York. Perfectly suited for growing crops such as corn, this Black Dirt has never been used for Bourbon production – until now.
Black Dirt Bourbon is made from a mash of 80% Black Dirt corn, 12% malted barley and 8% rye. After fermenting the mash for approximately three to four days, Grizzanti distills the wash through his Christian Carl copper-pot still imported from Germany. After distillation, the bourbon is aged for just over two years in new, American oak barrels with a #3 char. Typically, the degree of charring within a cask is measured on a scale of one to four, with a #1 char referring to casks that have been lightly toasted, and a #4 char referring to casks that have been charred so heavily that the interior resembles an alligator hide.

This bottle of Black Dirt Bourbon was bottled from a single cask and is available exclusively to Caskers members. In addition, it is autographed by the master distiller at Black Dirt Distillery. The bourbon has an aroma of caramel, vanilla and honey that gives way to notes of dried fruits, cloves, peppercorns and oak. The finish is bold yet lush, with a slightly sweet touch of milk chocolate.

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DOC’c draft Pumpkin Hard Cider

A seasonal cider made with roasted pumpkins, cinnamon, allspice, fresh ginger and nutmeg

Spanish wines and Bourbon Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on October 12, 2017

Join us on Friday and taste the flavor of Spain!
We will have open 2 red blends and a white Verdejo grape

This Saturday we will start up our the local New York State spirit tastings that we will offer every weekend until the end of the year!
Our first tasting will be the  “Rough Rider Bourbon” from Long Island

 

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below a full description:

Guelbenzu, Azul (2013)

Grape:  Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Graciano and Syrah
Geography: Aragón, Spain
Appellation: Ribera del Queiles

Established since the mid-nineteenth century, Guelbenzu built a new winery in Vierlas, in 2001. With 46 hectares of vineyard in the Queiles Valley, their Lombana estate has stony soils with good drainage supporting low yields. The nearby Mount Moncayo and north wind creates perfect growing conditions for grapes – with high temperature differences between day and night, and protection from excessive moisture around the vines.

Guelbenzu left the Navarra appellation to follow their desire to make wines more representative of the unique terroir – as such the wines are labelled ‘Vino de la tierra Ribera del Queiles’. The Ribera del Queiles appellation was created in 2003 at the request of Guelbenzu – and covers an area south of the river Ebro, between Navarra, Rioja and Aragon. Production is centred around Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Graciano and Merlot – with Garnacha also permitted.

Notes
Deep red cherry colour. Complex nose with notes of red fruit, spices and plums. Full- bodied, good backbone and lingering palate, with well integrated wood.

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R.O.Q. Corporation, Montsant R-OH* (2015)

Grapes: Grenache and Carignan
Geography: Catalonia, Spain
Appellation: Montsant
The R.O.Q Corporation [Republic of Quibia] was launched by winemakers on the island of Mallorca who decided they wanted to make great wines from old bush vines that had captured their heart in continental Spain- this is their first project. The vineyards are in Cornudella de Monstand, the highest and coolest subregion of Monstant. The soil here is covered with red clay strewn with llicorella (slate) and codolls (round river stones).
This fresh blend, is intense, meaty, spicy and vigorous with red fruit and dark spice aromas. It is made from small parcels of vineyards, less than an acre, that are planted on steep hills. The soil is red clay covered with ancient river stones and slate.
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Vidal + Vidal, Rueda Verdejo La Seca (2015)

Grape: Verdejo
Geography: Castilla y León, Spain
Appellation: Rueda

Vidal + Vidal  Verdejo is made from a dry farmed vineyard where the family follows the moon for harvesting and has an infinite respect for nature. No pesticides nor fungicides are used and six generations have been making great wine here in the region of Rueda. 100% Verdejo from cepas muy viejas (very old vines), this is made from fruit grown in a single plot. Lively and precise on the nose, displaying scents of citrus fruits, honeysuckle, chalky minerals and saline. Dry and refreshing with citrus, stone and orchard fruit flavors, this has body while staying light on its feet. Finishes bright with wonderful minerality and resonating florality. It paired perfectly with fresh halibut, EVOO and lemon alongside steamed broccoli, carrots and rice at Mr.Shrimp! The importer suggests chickpeas, pork dishes, crayfish, peppercorn and garlic.

La Seca means ‘the dry’ in Spanish – it is both the name of a village and  the appellation of Rueda in Castilla y Leon. This is home to what many consider to be the best Verdejo-based wines in Spain. The vineyard Finca El Alto in La Seca is an ancient and arid, stone strewn river bed of 21 acres. The soil is sandy with fist sized alluvial stones. Vines grow at an elevation of 2300 feet in a continential climate. Yields are at these 80+ year old vineyards are kept very low, at only 3 kilograms per plant. Goblet trained vines are hand harvested in September in the early morning hours to ensure the grapes are kept cool from the moment of harvest to the time they are vinified. The name Vidal + Vidal has two meanings: Vidal is a family name with Catalán and possibly Sephardic roots shared by the producers and the importer of this wine, Vidal also means ‘Life or to Live’.

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Double Casked Straight Bourbon (NV)Rough Rider– New York

Category: Spirit – Whiskey – Bourbon
Region: New York, United States
Subregion: Suffolk County
Appellation: Long Island

Producer information

Long Island Spirits is the first distillery on the Island since the 1800’s. Surrounded by over 5,000 acres of potato farms, the distillery is located on the North Fork of Long Island, in the heart of the acclaimed wine region. The distillery is rich in history and tradition, dating back to the early 1900’s.

The beautifully restored barn that is today home to Long Island Spirits Craft Distillery was originally constructed by brothers Henry and John Columbus in the early 1900’s. Long Island Spirits spent all of 2007 retrofitting and modernizing the interior of the barn to be a state-of-the-art Craft Distillery. The barn retains a lot of its original character including its very impressive post-and-beam construction.

Today, the barn serves as the headquarters for Long Island Spirits Craft Distillery. Long Island Spirits is proud of the long history of this unique “twin cupola” barn and strives to help preserve this symbol of the rural character of the North Fork of Long Island.

Spirit Description

Straight Bourbon Whisky

Rough Rider Straight Bourbon Whisky is aged Bourbon with a mash bill of 60% corn, 35% rye, and 5% barley aged in new charred American oak barrels.

The magic then begins as the Bourbon takes on a new character and goes through a second maturation in our Reserve Aging process in casks formerly housing Merlot and Chardonnay from renowned Long Island wine estates. These casks are washed with high proof aged Brandy before introducing the Bourbon.

The result is a fine sturdy backbone with a hint of fresh juice, blackberry and currant, along with caramel and burnt sugar with a heady heat on the finish.

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Strawberry (NV)Sorbetta, New York

Category: Spirit – Liqueur – Fruit
Raw materia: Strawberry
Region: New York, United States

Product information

The strawberries are grown on North Fork Farms, and contain a remarkable bouquet that ignites all the senses with its clean, alluring, and rich flavor. Pure vine ripened fruit shines through on the palate with an uncommonly regal finish.

Sorbetta’s are the first potato-based, gluten free liqueur’s available in the United States. Sorbetta’s achieve an uncompromising freshness in taste by using only hand peeled and macerated fresh fruits in each batch.

Crafted in micro-batches using 250 gallons of LiV Vodka as the base; the local berries are de-stemmed and use about 50 full flats for each micro-batch. The result is an incredible natural freshness and fidelity both on the nose and palate to each of the Sorbetta flavors.

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Italian and French Wine Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on October 6, 2017

Delicious French and Italian wine this Friday!

We will have open a white(Chardonnay) and red(Pinot Noir) from Burgundy in France

and

A white(Vermentino) and a red(Sangiovese) from Tuscany, Italy

See below full wine description:

Louis Chevallier, Bourgogne Rouge (2016)

 

Grape: Pinot Noir
Geography: Burgundy, France
Appellation: Bourgogne

Terroir rules at Louis Chevallier ! The House, created by the Chevallier family over 200 years ago, was named after its founder, the great diplomat and former mayor of Puligny Louis Chevallier, who was recognized in particular for his participation in the sale of Louisiana to the United States. Today the estate continues to produce fine wines from the best terroirs of the region from regional appellations to premier crus and grand crus.

Winemaker Notes

A Pinot Noir with a well-defined nose of brambly red berry fruit. The palate is slightly rustic and light-bodied, but fresh with tart cherry fruit and hints of brown spices with orange peel toward the pointed, firm finish.
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Louis Chevallier, Mâcon-Villages (2014)

 

Grape: Chardonnay
Geography: Burgundy, France
Appellation: Mâcon-Villages

The wine maker, Bruno Larmonica, is as much a product of the Burgundian terroir as the superior fruit with which he works. Bruno was born in the beautiful Nuits-Saint-Georges, a small and harmonious capital of the vineyard that used to belong to the Langres archdiocese.
As a child, Bruno particularly loved the surrounding hills of the village that offered the greatest view of the juicy plants. Soon he started to dedicate his summers to the culture of vines and his falls to the harvest season.

At the age of 16, Bruno realized that his hometown of Nuits-Saint-Georges was his comfort zone and that would spend his whole life in this lovely village. He already knew at that time that every single thing he will undertake will be linked to Chardonnay. He became apprentice vintner in the Chauvenet estate where vintage after vintage he learned how to get the best expression of the terrior. Bruno finally understood that the most suitable place for him was the cellar as we wanted to be away from the world’s hustle and bustle staying with his barrels making wine. Her perfected the wine making techniques using the right balance of oak casks made with oak trees from the Cîteaux forest but also selecting various sourcing from other French regions.

Infatuated with his hometown, he know by heart every parcel of this legendary vineyard that saw him becoming the incredible winemaker.

Winemaker Notes

This Macon Villages offers enticing aromas of ripe melon, baked apple and lemon curd with a slight creaminess to the texture. Pure fruit with a persistent finish; unpretentious but very well crafted.
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Pepi Lignana, Vermentino Leopoldino (2016)

 

Grape: Vermentino
Geography: Tuscany, Italy

In 1817, Grand Duke Leopold of Tuscany commissioned an updated land survey (cadaster) of the Maremma, the coastal area of southwestern Tuscany with its center at Grosseto on the Mediterranean and stretching into the wild forests and backwaters of the interior. Known as the Leopoldin Cadastre, it already showed vast vineyards planted on the property owned today by the family of Pepi Lignana, known as Fattoria Il Casalone. The Lignana family has been in possession of the property and tending its vines since 1960. The estate consists of about 300 hectares. Today, 14 hectares on the farm are dedicated to high-quality wine production, of which six hectares are planted to white grapes. The proximity to the sea and the presence of hills protecting the northeastern side of the territory ensures mild winter temperatures and dry summers tempered by sea breezes. In advance of harvest, nights are cool and the significant temperature divergence guarantees optimum conditions for the enrichment of the grapes, particularly of aromatic substances.

Tasting Notes

Straw-yellow with greenish glints. Intense fragrance with a fruity, floral palate. A well-structured wine with good balance and acidity.

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Bere, Toscana (2015)

 

Grapes: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot
Geography: Tuscany, Italy
Appellation: Toscana
Bere, which means “to drink” in Italian, it’s Super Tuscan blend and begs just that, to be drunk and enjoyed easily thanks to its rich, crushed berry fruit, earthy backbone and smooth, fresh finish. An inviting blend of Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, aged in used French-oak barrels, it is made from the vineyards of Tenuta Ladronaia, a property located in the craggy hills of the Upper Maremma, a wild and rustic land known for cowboys and outlaws. In fact, “Ladronaia” comes from the Italian word for “thief,” and still today, the villa of the property still hides the cavern and tunnel used for centuries by pirates as a hideout and place to stash their loot. Since the 1900s, the Tenuta has been used as a winery and farm.

Tasting Notes

Bright, clear red colour. Aromas of red berries, violets. In the mouth, excellent balance, freshness and pleasantness blend with delicate notes of berries and cherries, hints of violets. Young and fruity wine.
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Early Fall Wine & Spirit Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on September 28, 2017

Stop by this Friday,

We will have open two exiting white blend from Cote du Rhone and Oregon

For the red lover we will have open two unusual reds, a Vermentino Nero grape from Italy and a red from the French alps in Savoy!

Also we will have a local Gin open to taste!

 See below a full description:

Ovum, Elkton Big Salt (2016)

Geography: Oregon, United States
Appellation: Elkton

Grapes: Riesling, Gerwürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc Rosé, Muscat

Ovum is a project from John House and his wife in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, who source the fruit for ‘Big Salt’ from an organic ocean-facing vineyard that gets extreme wind conditions – a combination of grit and saltiness that totally comes across in the wine – along with floral, honeysuckle and tropical fruit notes balanced by chalky texture and pebbly minerality.

This wine will pair well with any seafood but is delicious on its own.

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Domaine la Réméjeanne, Côtes du Rhône Les Arbousiers Blanc (2015)


Grapes: Viognier, Clairette, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Bourboulenc
Geography: Rhône Valley, France
Appellation: Côtes du Rhône

Third generation located in Bagnols Sur Ceze in the Gard since 1960.This certified organic domain comprises 38 hectares of vines, 2 hectares of olive trees and 0,5 hectares of fig trees, spread over a terroir of loess, calcareous sandstone and clay at an altitude rising between 200 and 280 meters. The vineyard is swept by the Mistral (Northern cold wind) allowing the grapes and the soil to dry rapidly after the rain.

The terraces being orientated to the East/South East, benefit from a sun exposure contributing to the expression of elegance and freshness in the wines.

Notes

A white wine with a pale green hue. The nose expresses intense aromas with flowery notes brought by the Clairette. Well balanced and elegant, its offers a moth filling sensation along with a pleasant and light acidity.

This wine is a blend of:
* Roussanne (30%) for its round aromas of exotic fruits and its softness.
* Viognier (30%) for its aromas of apricot, bringing volume and fatness.
* Clairette (20%) for its fine aromas of flowers and citrus.
* Marsanne (10%) for its ability to ageing.
* Bourboulenc (10%) for its aromas of toasted bread and liveliness.

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Roger Labbe, Vin de Savoie Mondeuse (2015)

Grape: Mondeuse
Geography: Savoy, France
Appellation: Vin de Savoie

The Savoie region is an Alpine region in Eastern France neighboring Switzerland with many of its vineyards lying close to the Rhone River as it winds its way from Geneva southward. 1,725 hectares are under vine in the Savoie, two-thirds of which are white, but very little of its wines are found outside of the region as they are mostly consumed locally, given the region’s popularity as both a winter and summer vacation destination. There are 17 crus entitled to append their names to the Vin de Savoie appellation, of which Abymes is one. The appellation controllée ABYMES comes from the French word “abimé” which means broken and refers to the broken stones in the avalanches from the mountains (Alps). The stones are sierra colored. Varieties are largely indigenous

Notes

This rustic variety gives a full-bodied, tannic but balanced, deep purple color with a subtle fragrance of violet and wood fruit, evolving on musky and spicy aromas.

This wine accompanies high-quality red meats, cheeses or simply a Savoyard snack in the mountains …

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Terenzuola, Vermentino Nero (2015)

Grape: Vermentino Nero
Geography: Tuscany, Italy
Appellation: Toscana

The Terenzuola estate is located in extreme northern part of coastal Tuscany, in the Colli di Luni DOC, which also overlaps the southeastern corner of Liguria.

At once both Tuscan and Ligurian, the wines of Terenzuola reflect the duality of their terroir. The vineyards face the Mediterranean, which provides warm sun and cool breezes, but also find themselves in the Apuan Alps (a subzone of the Apennine mountain chain), which provide freshness and complexity. The resulting wines dance on the palate with an incredible balance of fruit, minerality, acidity and complexity. And the history of the family that owns the estate is no less captivating than the wines themselves!

This bright, flavorful red is great with a slight chill and pair up nicely with appetizers, pasta dishes and grilled sausages.

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Greenhook Ginsmiths, American Dry Gin

Producer: Greenhook Ginsmiths
Category: Spirit — Gin — London Dry
Geography: New York, United States

Greenhook’s benchmark gin is the American Dry Gin,combining classic notes of a London dry with a soothing more feminine styled modern gin.

Location: Greenpoint Brooklyn, Dupont St.

Botanicals: elderflower, chamomile, tuscan juniper, ceylon cinnamon, coriander, citrus peels

Still: 300L, copper, equipped with vacuum for lowering atmospheres and subsequent temperature.

Tasting Notes: On the nose you get the soothing, gentle notes of elderflower and chamomile combined with the classic flavor of juniper. Full bodied and bold with a silky mouth feel and long pretty finish.

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